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schools in newtown. this was an isolated incident. this event doesn't define us. we will continue to have great schools and be a great community. matthew and i are great friends, and all the clergy are great friends, and we will recover. >> rabbi praver and pastor crebben will both be at the service tonight where members of the community will be at the prayer service. we heard president obama spent most of the day preparing his remarks, speaking from the heart, speaking for the nation, but also speaking as the father of two young daughters as well. all we can think of now, especially when we see the pictures of the 6 and 7-year-old kids, the memorials, the services that are continuing. brook baldwin is joining us now with details on a few of the victims. brook, this is a heartbreaking story for all of us. >> reporter: it is absolutely gut wrenching, wolf. when you walk around newtown and see the memorials and see the adults holding the hands of their 4 and 5-year-olds carrying teddy bears, who are wiping tears away as they place these teddy bears down perhaps for young people they knew, p
vigil that will take place here at the newtown high school. you see the folks are gathering. they're trying to comfort each other. we're watching what's going on as the president of the united states. he has arrived here. he flew from the white house, from andrews air force base outside of the white house in suburban maryland, flew to hartford and then drove. the weather here is not good right now, so he could not chopper -- could not come over by marine one. had to drive from hartford, an hour, hour and a half drive from here, and we're in newtown watching what's going on. all of these makeshift memorials have just sprung up. you can't -- you can virtually not even drive through the small streets of newtown right now it's so, croso crowded. people are bringing candles, flowers, candles, teddy bears, legos. we're getting ready for what will be a very, very emotional memorial service. i'm wolf blitzer reporting here from newtown. anderson cooper is right down the street. he's near the high school. he's joining us as well. anderson? >> yeah, that's right, wolf. i'm actually right ri
of everyday life, knowing that nothing is really ever going to be the same. most students in newtown, connecticut return to class today but not those at sandy hook elementary. there's a funeral held for another child today, killed in that massacre. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta. >> and i'm ashleigh banfield, live in newtown, connecticut. this is newsroom's special coverage, "newtown remembers." today, grieving families are saying good-bye to a 6-year-old girl while yesterday two little boys were laid to rest. connecticut's governor has now taken on the role of comforter, as the heartbreaking scene plays out too many times. >> the governor's asking people across connecticut to pause for a moment of silence friday at the shooting that killed those 20 children and 6 adults at the school. he sent a message to governors around the country asking their states to do the same. we want to update you on new developments in the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown. schools reopen today for the first time since the shooting ram page. more police, extra counselors of course on hand. sandy hook e
, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcement sources as saying at least 20, but perhaps closer to 30 individuals, many of them children, have been killed in this incident. individual suspect, a 20-year-old, is -- the suspect, the shooter is a 20-year-old. law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation telling our susan candiotti, that suspect, we believe, is dead right now. you just heard police at a small briefing, didn't provide a lot of information, but they did tell us the area now appears to be secure, but this has been a horrific, horrific mass killing at an elementary school in connecticut. a school for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. we're watching all of this unfold. lisa procachini is on the phone right now. she's a parent of an 8-year-old at the school, the sandy hook elementary school. your 8-year-old is fine, i take it, lisa. tell us w
room, amid one man's unspeakable cruelty, tales of courage are emerging from newtown, connecticut. as shots drew nearer, teacher victoria soto threw herself between the gunman and her students. her family tells us how she should be remembered. >>> president obama comforting the families of those killed and how he remembers the love and prayers of a nation. we'll share his speech from last night's vigil. part of the speech, a call to action. president obama vowing to prevent another massacre. today gun control seems to have a tone of determination. a special edition of "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello here in atlanta. joining me shortly, don lemon. hees in newtown, connecticut. let's begin here, shall we? we'll begin with the latest at sandy hook elementary school. today the first of the funerals get under way. 6-year-old jack pinto and noah pozner will be the first of the 26 victims laid to rest. we'll also learning more about the remarkable acts of heroism. one teacher, ann marie murphy, died while shielding students with her body. another
>>> hello, everyone. we are following breaking news in newtown, a town between stanford and hartford. we're following reports that there has been a shooting at an elementary school. an elementary school named sandy hook. one photograph to share with you as crews rush to the scene. let me bring in my colleague jason carroll who has been working his sources. what do we know? >> disturbing story. the shooting happening at sandy hook elementary school on dickerson drive. this is coming to us from one of our affiliates. police are reporting a number of injuries. the nature of the injuries at this point are unclear. we're going to be checking that throughout the morning. state police sources say that one person is dead. earlier reports of a second shooter. that has not been confirmed at this point. a few more reports, apparently the shooting was reported shortly after 9:40 a.m. this morning. police reported that a shooter was in the -- apparently in the main office. >> which is hard to tell with this image that we're looking at because that's sort of bird's-eye view of the sch
] >> america is pausing to remember the newtown shooting victims. church bells rang out friday exactly one week after the tragedy. flags remained at half staff. many websites even went dark. people all over the country observed a moment of silence for the 20 children and 6 educators. today there is a walk for peace in newtown, and three more children will be laid to rest. ana grace marquez-green, who lost to count and sing. josephine grace gay, who celebrated her 7th birthday. and emilie alice parker. lots of backlash for the nra for their statement friday. gabby and i are extremely disappointed by the nra's defiant suppose. they could have chosen to be a voice for the own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms. but instead it chose to defend extreme pro gun positions that aren't even popular among the law-abiding gun owners it represents. the national rifle association is speaking out on the massacre, saying the answer is to deploy armed guards at schools. and they're not the only ones joining the debate. >> columbine. >> virginia tech. >> tucson. >> aurora. >>
this morning spoke volumes as the nation and newtown remember what happened one week ago today. only rain drops heard during this moment. firefighters there in newtown, paying tribute to 20 young children, 6, 7 years of age and seven adults gunned down for reasons we may never know. the reflections began at 9:30 a.m. eastern time, that is the precise time that first call came in. at least 29 states held a moment of silence, put flags at half-staff, even parts of the internet went silent this morning. video gamers put down their consoles in unity and bells across connecticut state sounded for each killed at sandy hook elementary. [ bells tolling ] >> at the episcopal church in newtown, 28 tolls rang for each life lost. 28. that includes the shooter. when the bells were still, the remembrances began. one was just inside the capital building there in connecticut. ♪ amaze iing grace how sweet the sound ♪ ♪ that save d a wretch like me ♪ ♪ i once was lost but now i'm found ♪ ♪ was blind but now i see ♪ >> a time of great sorrow, great unity, saw it in newtown myself this week. i want
is going to be like. >> the tragedy in newtown has many people wondering how they can help those who are impacted. so we put a list together of charitable organizations on our website. just visit cnn.com/impact. you can help. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon in newtown, connecticut. don? >>> hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin live at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. don lemon is standing by in newtown, connecticut, where we'll check in with him here momentarily. but the story this week, it just breaks your heart to see there, these funerals going on for these itty-bitty children here, two more young victims being laid to rest today. services for 6-year-old jessica rekos were held at st. rose of lima catholic church there in town. as her relatives grieve, they are also trying to help her brother travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. he wants to know where is his best friend. we found out jessica loved horses. she loved watching horse movies, drawing horses. apparently she asked santa claus this christmas for a new pair of cow girl boots. also t
>>> we're continuing to follow the aftermath of the newtown massacre at the sandy hook elementary school. "cnn newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin who is in newtown, connecticut. >>> i'm brooke baldwin live today in newtown, connecticut, where today the new reality is sinking in. today parents are living alongside an empty room of the child they lost. left behind in that room, pajamas, favorite toys, books they always read together, parents who know this, even the smell of their child's pillow. and these first responders being called heroes, but still day in and day out living with the images no one could have prepared them to see. today, families are deciding on coffins, head stones, choosing songs that will play at the funerals of first graders. want to tell you about the two little boys who are actually being remembered right now. the funeral for 6-year-old jack pinto began just about an hour ago. jack will be laid to rest today in newtown village cemetery. just a little bit of background on this 6-year-old, jack adored football, his favorite player was new york giants
of newtown, connecticut. i'm anderson cooper live this afternoon in newtown, connecticut. >> and i'm wolf blitzer also here in newtown. the president of the united states is on his way here right now to this community thrusted to the history books by a horrible act of violence. the president will meet with, try to comfort families of 20 school kids and six adults. we are all shot dead here friday morning. >> a short time ago got an update from the connecticut state police, learned more details about the person who carried out this mass shooting they can did confirm several details that they believed were true since friday. the shooter's name you of course what kind of weapons we had with him and just how many more bullets could have fired. the number is extraordinarily high. >> stay there. we are going to tell you exactly where police stand in their investigation and so many questions that certainly remain unanswered. these questions, i'm not sure we are ever going to get real answers to. >> yeah wolf, trying to piece this together as much as we can, as carefully as we can. president obam
>>> stories in the newsroom, schoolkids in newtown go back to school. how teachers are preparing for what's sure to be a trying day. after the newtown tragedy is the country finally ready for stricter gun laws? many former pro gun lawmakers say yes, but we still have not heard from the nra. >>> one of the new things the school shooter may have done socially was play video games. so is there a link between these types of games and aggressive behavior? one expert says yes. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you for being with us today. i'm carol costello in atlanta. first a small step toward normally in newtown, connecticut. soledad o'brien joins us live. good morning, soledad. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. as you said, classes resume today for most of the kids in this community, so many wrestling with so much heartbreak, all of the newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen. grief and the fears of returning students an additional concern. police officers will be at every single school and today the town will lay to rest, the grandmother of char
of newtown, connecticut and everything happening in that tiny town. president obama and some democratic members of congress are attempting to turn tragedy and outrage and national heart break into policy instead. in about 45 minutes the president will name vice president joe biden to lead a government wide gun law reform initiative. in the meantime, the house minority leader nancy pelosi, and several of her colleagues are pushing right now to outlaw high capacity ammo clips and beef up security in schools. a few things are clear at the outset, a debate long dormant in this country is dormant no more. just like the pain from the massacre of innocents, the gun debate is not going to go away any time soon. dana bash is live on capitol hill. seems things are moving much faster he it white house. what is in the works right now? >> as you said we expect the president to come out and talk to reporters to officially tap joe biden, his vice president, for this role, very interesting role, to lead what is essentially being called an interagency look at what they can do post this horrible tragic s
to you from newtown, connecticut. the pain is really, really great are the country, not only this up to but the country, indeed much of the world, mourns what has happened in this community. >> we were just hearing, wolf, lieutenant vance say this will probably be the last time we hear from him tonight but some of the latest things that he said, wolf that they still don't know the motive. they say that is going to come later. it is going to take them more time before they are able to talk about that and it is impossible to say how many shots were fired, wolf, but multiple high-cap pays the rounds, each magazine had about 30 shots and said hundreds of bullets at least. >> this connecticut state police lieutenant is doing an excellent job briefing us. he is being very precise on all of the details, he doesn't want to get ahead of the information that they have and so far, i have been very impressed. >> yes, ma'am to that point, they asked about nancy lanza, he says i don't know which gun she was shot with but does know it was the bushmaster the one used in the school, very specific and
banfield live in newtown, connecticut. this is the day that the students go back to school after one of the worst school shootings in the history of this country. the school district is sending its children back but the school in question, no. the kids from sandy hook elementary are not going back to class today. they won't be going back to class for a while. they will go back to a school in a neighboring town in monroe. it is being readied for those children and they will return. as others have returned on a two-hour delay today. all of this as this town buries yet another of its dead. a 6-year-old girl, jessica rekos. her family will lay her to rest today. and just so you know a little bit more about that little child. she loved horses. she wanted a cowboy hat and cowboy boots for christmas. her parents spoke with abc news about their little angel. >> she was a ball of fire. she ruled the roost. >> our little ceo we called her. she was the boss. >> reporter: as they remember their child there are so many funerals that have yet to take place in this town, not only for the children b
community here. just so quiet and pristine and you call it because what you can hear about newtown, connecticut, and it is so filled with grief. it is only the beginning, though, as this town prepares to bury those who were killed on friday. there will be so many burials. the first of the funerals begins today at 1:00 p.m. these would beautiful children, jack pinto, noah pozner. it is going to be a tragic several weeks. no one knew that more than president obama who came here to speak to this town at a touching memorial last night. >> surely we do better than this. if there is even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that'ses have e visited tucson, aurora, oak creek and newtown, communities from columbine to blacksburg before that, surely we have an obligation to try. >> surely we have an obligation to try, as newtown remembers. here are some other tragedies. adam lanza has been identified officially as the killer. that is his mother in better times on the right. nancy lanza. her home remains a crime scene. it will remain so
blitzer reporting live right now from newtown, connecticut. the 20 children gunned down in their own elementary school were 6 and 7 years old. they were practically babies, as the people here in newtown, connecticut, mourn. we now know the names of the victims of the school massacre. authorities releasing the list just a little while ago. we're also learning just how brutally they died. the medical examiner says, every one of the 26 victims were shot more than once, apparently with a semiautomatic. the relatives of the shooter are struggling to competent when the loss of life, including nancy, who was gunned down by her son. no word on a motive. police say they have found very good evidence at the school and at the lanza home. for more right now on the investigation, let's bring in our national correspondent, susan candiotti, here in newtown, connecticut. with all of us, she's working her sources. what's the latest, susan? >> reporter: hi, wolf. of course, the question is what move a 20-year-old young man to target so many innocent victims. investigator are looking everywhere for clu
>>> and we'll be going back to don lemon in newtown, connecticut. in just about several hours, president obama is scheduled to arrive there in newtown. eel meet with families of the 26 victims killed in friday's mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. the president will also speak at an interfaith vigil. we'll be bringing you that service live at 7:00 p.m. eastern. we're following the latest developments on the shooting investigation. here's what we know right now. connecticut governor, dan malloy, says the 20-year-old suspect shot his way into the school. we've also learned that all 20 of the children killed inside were shot multiple times. all of them were six and seven years old. investigators are still processing the crime scene. physically and forensically. police say they expect all questions surrounding the case will ultimately be answered because they have found certain evidence. medical examiner's office is starting to release the bodies of the 26 victims back to their families and funerals are expected to be held this week. >>> the suspected gunman's father, p
is standing tough in opposition to new gun laws after the newtown massacre. the ceo went on tv today to defend his call for armed guards in every u.s. school. cnn's barbara starr tells us what he said and how people in high places of power are reacting to it. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> reporter: performers and artists now joining with 800 mayors calling for a plan to end gun violence. but wayne lapierre, the chief executive officer and public face of the national rifle association, made clear on nbc's "meet the press" that his organization will oppose legislation adding new restrictions to the sale of weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. >> look, i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happensism know there's an anti-second amendment industry in this town. i know there's political leads that for 20 years always try to say it is because americans own guns. i'm telling you what i think will make people safe. and what every mom and dad will make them better, they drop their kid off at school i
>>> as you can imagine, a cloud of grief hangs over newtown, connecticut, today. the community begins the first of more than two dozen heart-wrenching good-byes. funerals for two of the 6-year-olds killed in the elementary school massacre are being held today. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta with "newsroom" special coverage as newtown remembers. >> reporter: and i'm wolf blitzer here in newtown, connecticut. the funerals will continue for days as the 20 children, the 6 teachers are laid to rest. all this follows a very moving and emotional service last night. ♪ it includes a prayer sung by a rabbi, readings from the bible and the koran, prayers from christian leaders and a promise from president obama. >> in the coming weeks, i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. >> tonight the crowd at the prayer service gave a standing ovation to the first responders, those who answered the call at sandy hook elementary sc
.c. 360" from newtown at 8:00 and 10:00 tomorrow. but our coverage continues right now. >>> hello, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, a small town, virtually unknown until yesterday when it became the scene of one of the worst mass killings in american history. i'm don lemon. let me pass on some new developments that have come just this evening. the father of the alleged shooter, we've heard from. peter lanza released a statement, part of it says, quote, our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heartbroken we are. he is the father of adam lanza. this is a picture of him from just a few years ago. he is now 20 years old who police say walked into an elementary school yesterday and just started shooting. 20 children, all of them 6 or 7 years old, were killed. six adults, teachers and staff, including the principal, they're all dead now, too. the shooter killed himself. this is where police are trying to answer all the questions. they're trying to answer the questions why. the lanza home, not far fro
in newtown, the country remains polarized on the issue of gun control. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is in washington. we know that some lawmakers came forward and expressed interest in introducing legislation about gun control, but i guess the question is will they really in the new year? >> reporter: it really -- the reaction, especially and even among republicans to the nra idea is sort of muted at best. it's not a lot of enthusiasm on capitol hill for the idea of the federal government stepping in and endorsing the idea of all schools having armed police officers. never mind funding it. listen to a couple of senators, starting with a republican. >> we had an armed guard in columbine. we had an assault ban. none of it worked. we're talking about preventing mass murder from nontraditional criminals. people who are not traditional criminals, who are not wired right for some reason. >> since we passed the brady law, the assaults are down. we need to keep working on this, and there are lots of different solutions. >> just because the republicans may not be runn
the attorney general is set to head to newtown, connecticut, today after meeting with vice president joe biden at 1:00. but don't expect to see him. this is not a public event. the attorney general has scheduled to apparently meet with some of the law enforcement officials in that town and then also with some of the first responders who were the first people to enter the sandy hook elementary school and discover the carnage there that ended up being the loss of 20 children and six adults in that school and then, of course, the mother of the killer who was shot in her bed and the killer himself. the attorney general apparently is not traveling with any other senior justice officials to newtown. he will also not be attending any of the funerals or the memorials. and again, you will not be seeing the pictures of him. there's no plan for this to be anything public other than these meetings he's going to have with those law enforcement officials. but, of course, this is a day of more farewells in newtown. six, six funerals in this tiny community, six visitations also. so 12 services. these people b
that dominated the sunday morning talk shows. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> reporter: performers and artists now joining with 800 mayors calling for a plan to end gun violence. but wayne lapierre, the chief executive officer and public face of the national rifle association, made clear on nbc's "meet the press" that his organization will oppose legislation adding new restrictions to the sale of weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. >> look, i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens. i know there's an anti-second amendment industry in this town. i know there are political elites that for 20 years always try to say it's because of american-owned guns. i'm telling what you think will make people safe. what every mom and dad will make them feel better, when they drop their kid off at school in january is if we have a police officer in that school, a good guy. >> reporter: as the last of the newtown massacre victims are laid to rest, the nra has taken the position that armed security officers
the funeral route. >> they're having their service for his son today in newtown. >> it was a lovely poem. may i share it with you. >> please. >> please don't cry, we went on a field trip today. i know this is christmas and here and there are toys to be given so please tell santa to send them to heaven. >>> just ahead on cnn. we're here. no rapture, no giant asteroid, was it all an apocalyptic lie? we ask a family who has been prepared for the end of days for decades. >>> one hour. that's how long the messer family dedicates each day prepping for the end. but it's not what you think. they don't believe in a zombie apocalypse or a giant asteroid hitting the earth. they believe in something much more down to earth, global economic collapse. and they are ready for the civil unrest they believe will follow it or could follow it. mike and lisa messer join me now. so for you it's almost like the great depression when people are starving and they're having to ration things, you will have supplies that you can rely on in case that happens? >> well, that's true, and we do have a lot of supplies that ar
in america, aurora, orego in the shopping mall and now here in newtown have involved young people using the same and now here, newtown, all involved young people using the same weapon. an ar-15 semiautomatic rifle all with high capacity magazines. in aurora, over 100 in his magazine which he could fire off. here we saw up to 30. here's the question. why do you feel that americans should have those if your belief is they just have to defend themselves? >> well, before i go any further, piers, first, thanks for having me back. we did have a heated discussion last time and i much appreciate this more calm discussion. second, on behalf of i'm sure i speak for the entire board of michigan coalition of responsible gun owners we offer our sincere condolence and sympathies for the victims and their families. we are all about safety. we all want to be safe and we certainly want children to be safe. like i said last week, we just disagree on how to get there from here. to answer your question, i would point out that the shooter in the mall in oregon was confronted by a legally armed citizen who
. an update on the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in newtown, connecticut. herse hearses are making their way through the town today. vice president biden is meeting in the next hour with law enforcement representatives as well as cabinet members. what he's doing is leading the president's effort to come up with new proposals to reduce gun violence. also today attorney general eric holder, he is meeting with law enforcement officials and first responders in newtown. we have learned new information about the gunman's mother. friends say that nancy lanza went on vacation alone at a resort in new hampshire days before the shooting. she checked out last thursday afternoon. her son killed her and went on his murderous rampage friday morning. we've also been able to piece together details about the gunman, adam lanza's mother nan nancy. haven't heard much from the father. mary snow is taking a closer look at a strange relationship between the father and son. >> his home is less than hour away from where his son adam oepd fire in sandy hook elementary school, but a person that k
out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gun control laws. as you might remember, he promised those changes on sunday at a heart wrenching vigil for the school shooting victims in connecticut. this morning mr. obama will announce that vice president joe biden will lead the effort to form new policies and rein in gun violence. this morning's briefing comes as newtown prepares to bury several students and a beloved teacher. vicki soto used her body to shield students from the gunman. the national rifle association finally breaks its silence. the nra promising to take part in a gun control debate it has scheduled a friday announcement. more on that in a minute. first to the white house and cnn's dan lothian. >> reporter: white house aides say this will be a chance for the president to talk more about the process of setting up this effort which, as you pointed out,
of an entinteragen to develop new processes in the wake of this terrible tragedy in newtown, connecticut in which 20 children and six adults were massacred in an elementary school. a mother was massacred in her bed and a killer killed himself. it is an unprecedented action. it seems by the federal government at the time to pult into context how the response can be from the government to try to incorporate some kind of gun initiative, perhaps education initiative, mental health initiative. we're waiting to get the details. as we await the president and vice president, i turn the baton over to my colleague suzanne malveaux with the newsroom. suzanne. >> thank you, ashleigh. this put guns back on the national agenda, and today we're getting a two-minute warning. that means the president will arrive very shortly in the press briefing room to explain, to talk about his role and the government's role. he was moved by what he saw in connecticut, and he says that he wanted to make this a priority in his administration. so we're waiting for those remarks. we want to bring in wolf blitzer to talk about this.
at newtown elementally school. there is a map right there. sandy hook. let me read more of what i'm getting here. according to one of our affiliates, the connecticut state police are responding to that shooting at newtown. excuse me. not newton. newtown. the shooting happened on dickinson. it's newtown. i said newton before but it's newtown. we don't know if there's any injuries but they are deploying units and cnn is sending crews and our affiliates are sending crews as well. they are en route to an elementary school in newtown. we are working our sources and our affiliates there in the area to try to figure out what is going on. as you know, law enforcement -- and we do here at cnn and all news organizations take it very seriously any time there are reports of a gun or shots fired at a school, elementary, junior high school, college, what have you. and that's what we are doing right now, checking on that for you. we're getting some information in. our producers are gathering it for us. we'll be back with the very latest on the other side of this break. don't go anywhere. [ female announce
rifle association is standing tough on its opposition to new gun laws in the aftermath of the newtown massacre. the group's ceo went on tv to defend his calls for armed guards in every u.s. school. cnn's barbara starr is with us, the nra has been criticized for not talking about any limitations on guns and calling for armed guards in schools and for not taking questions from reporters. >> yeah, miguel and all of that they seem to be sticking to their line. on the sunday talk shows, wayne la pierre, the chief executive officer. the public face of the national rifle association, made clear on nbc's "meet the press," his organization will continue to oppose legislationed ed adding new revikss to those weapons or the high-capacity ammunition magazines. enter la pierre had a definite view about where he thinks responsibility for some of these issues lie. have a listen. >> i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens. i know there's an anti-second amendment industry in this town. i know there are political leads that for 20 years, alwa
'll be there to protect them. >> so nine days after the newtown attack, the nra is just firm on its position that school guards are the way to go, and as you pointed out, don, many people speaking out in washington do not agree. they believe there is other efforts that should be looked at, other solutions, other options. have a listen to senator joe lieberman. >> i found the statements by the nra over the last couple of days to be really disheartening because the statements seem to not reflect any understanding about the slaughter of children that happened in newtown, connecticut. here's what bothered me. that they were -- that the nra spokes people have been willing to deal with every possible cause of gun violence except guns. >> now, look, you know, this whole discussion, as you know, don, about, you know, putting guards on school property, this is not new. school districts across the country have grappled with security questions for years. they've looked at it. some of them have engaged in this type of protection, but even the advocates of more gun laws, those opposed to the mra position, offer this
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>>> hello. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm coming to you with live special coverage from newtown, connecticut, the scene of the horrific elementary school massacre. we want to welcome back our viewers in the united states and around the world. we're learning new information about this mass killing here in connecticut and we're learning new information about the people who were killed. 26 people shot inside the elementary school. 20 of them children. at a news conference just a little while ago here in newtown, the connecticut state police said that all of the victims now have been identified. they will be released -- they will be releasing the name shortly. we're told to be standing by. all of the bodies have been removed and they've been taken to the medical examiner's office. crime scene investigators are working around the clock. here's how they are trying to deal with what's going on. investigators say -- they spoke out a few moments ago. >> we still have major crime detectives and newtown detectives working at the scene at the school. that is not completed. that probably will not be comp
, they were shocked by newtown and they're calling for tougher restrictions on guns and ammunition, and while we wait for the group's executive director to appear, wayne lapierre, i want to bring in several of my colleagues now. first off, wolf blitzer is here, jessica yellin is at the white house, dana bash on capitol hill, and jeffrey toobin is in new york for us. as we wait, wolf, let's start with you. is this, in fact, a turning point for guns in america? do you think we'll hear anything like that in this press conference? >> i know a lot of attitudes have hardened as a result of what has happened over the past week in newtown, connecticut. you were there, i was there, and people all over the country and all over the world are outraged by the horrible nature of that massacre that occurred at the elementary school. >> here he is, wolf. sorry to cut you off. here he is. let's listen. >> good morning. i'm dave keene, president of the national rifle association of america, and i'd like to welcome you here this morning for the purposes of beginning our discussion of the topic that's been on th
for his son today in newtown. >> it was a lovely poem. may i share it with you. >> please. >> please don't cry, we went on a field trip today. i know this is christmas and there are toys to be given. please tell santa to send them to heaven. >>> just ahead on cnn. >> we're here. no rapture, no giant asteroid, was it all an apockliptic lie? [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. te
. >> all lined up along the funeral route. >> they're having their service for his son today in newtown. >> it was a lovely poem. may i share it with you. >> please. >> please don't cry, we went on a field trip today. i know this is christmas and there are toys to be given. please tell santa to send them to heaven. >>> just ahead on cnn. >> we're here. no rapture, no giant asteroid, was it all an apockliptic lie? we're all having such a great year in the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even better. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride or just lay in the sun. enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. and don't forget our amazing seafood. so come to the gulf, you'll have a great time. especially in alabama. you mean mississippi. that's florida. say louisiana or there's no dessert. brought to you by bp and all of us who call the gulf home. >>> one hour. that's how long the messer family dedicates each day prepping for the end. it's not what you think. they believe in something much more
>>> good evening, everyone, it is 10:00 here in newtown connecticut, the end of a harrowing week for this town or any town. there are many difficult days, weeks and months ahead. starting tomorrow, parents will begin burying their children, trying to imagine -- it's almost unthinkable. it's impossible to find the words. all the words that we can say in this hour are going to seem so small, the face of the tragedy that has occurred here. now, is a time to lean on one another or the parents and the loved ones and the families here to be the ones to lean on. they came together for a convince il, crowding into the local high school just behind me. the local high school auditorium to listen to spiritual leader offering any words of comfort they could. president obama spoke as well and said that we as a nation are simply not doing enough to keep our children safe. he promised to work, to put an end to future tragedies like this one. we'll play you his call for action shortly. but we don't want to focus on the killer. for the last several days we haven't said his name. i don't want hist
you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> christmas also accompanied by sadness and grief, in newtown, connecticut people are still mourning for the 20 children and six adults who were killed when a gunman burst into their school and opened fire. this round-the-clock vigil is under way in remembrance of the shooting victims. a candle was lit in honor of each of them. volunteers are asked to take half hour shifts to keep the candles burning. the vigil started at midnight and will continue until 11:59 tonight. the tragedy in newtown was followed by an outpouring of support from around the world and from nearby communities. today the entire newtown police department is actually getting christmas day off thanks to the generosity of their fellow officers. police from neighboring towns volunteered to fill in so that newtown officers could spend christmas with their families. joining us on the phone newtown police chief michael kehoe. he has been through quite a lot and your officers have been through quite a lot as well as the community. give us a sense of what this means for them to simply
, it is an elementary school, sandy hook elementary school, newtown, connecticut. the developments continue to come in, and there's a news conference scheduled for 1:00 eastern time this afternoon. with that, i'm going to hand off the baton to my colleague suzanne malveaux to continue the coverage. suzanne. >> thank you very much. welcome to cnn newsroom and welcome to our viewers around the world as they simultaneous cast this domestically and internationally. we were breaking news out of connecticut. we're following this school shooting. police told us a number of people have been shot at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut, about 60 miles north of new york. first calls coming into police around 9:40 local time this morning. children were being evacuated, the schools in the area all on lockdown. now, we have learned that the shooter is dead. we are also hearing multiple local reports of fatalities. i want to go to our cnn's jason carroll for the very latest. first of all, outline if you will how many people we know are dead, who has been killed, and who has been injured. >> well, fi
. >>> from newtown to your town, americans pause this hour to remember those killed in the school massacre. we'll tell you how the tribute could echo through your community. >>> the nation's most powerful gun lobby the nra speaking out today one week after violence rocked that small community in connecticut. >>> and devastating implosion, the end of the world? nope, it is not the apocalypse, it's what people are saying about the fiscal cliff. after speaker boehner's plan b falls flat, what's next? "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. this hour a nation pauses to honor the victims of last week's horrifying attack at a connecticut elementary school. many americans including president obama will take part in a moment of violence at 9:30 eastern. that marks the moment one week ago that the gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. church bells will toll across the country 26 times to remember each of the children and educators killed, and after being noticeably quiet for the past week, the national rifle association holds a
. instead of flowers, her family is requesting donations be made to the newtown animal shelter, that's probably what she would have wanted. we will remember her. we will remember 7-year-old chase kowalski, for his love of outdoor sports and his talent for them. he just won his first mini-triathlon. he was always outside riding his bike. we will remember chase. we will remember 6-year-old jesse lewis was learning how to ride a horse. it was only natural, his family had five of them. two miniatures, three dogs, a flock of chickens. he loved to tell stories and lived life brave and true. we will remember. we'll also remember 6-year-old james. he's being remembered as a sweetheart of a kid with such an innocent face. a face that we and they and everyone should remember. we'll remember the face of 7-year-old grace mcdonnell. the neighbor describes it as the face of an angel. she was her mother's little best friend. her family in a brief statement saying, our daughter grace was the love and light of our family. words cannot adequately express our sense of loss. we too will remember grace.
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